Guest Blog: Does Muscle Testing Really Work?

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Does Muscle Testing Really Work?

 Muscle testing is one of several diagnostic tools utilized by Applied Kinesiology. In 1964 George J. Goodheart, Jr. D.C., incorporated muscle testing into the healthcare system he developed called Applied Kinesiology. This is a system that uses a number of different methods, including patient history, lab tests and others, to determine problems and treatments for these problems. Testing the strength or weakness of a certain muscle can help a healthcare professional in this regard.


The question that many people ask is “does muscle testing work?” The answer is “yes” if the muscle testing is properly executed. However, sloppy procedures yield sloppy results. It is imperative that a practitioner using muscle testing be extremely skilled in the phrasing of questions and in determining the answers that are obtained. The right person under conditions conducive to accuracy can obtain correct data.

In 2009, Jeff Bell published a blog entitled “Does Muscle Testing Work.” In this blog, he related the experience he and his dad had in regard to muscle testing. Jeff’s dad had gone to medical school and was of the mind that everything real needed to be scientifically proven. In other words, he was a skeptic concerning muscle testing.


Jeff had done muscle testing for a number of years and reported that he had significant success in obtaining accurate results. Some of the results were verified by laboratory tests done after the muscle testing. However, because his father was still skeptical, they decided to conduct an experiment to see if muscle testing would yield accurate results.

They took ten similar paper bags and ten substances. Three of these substances were detrimental to health, such as ant poison. Two were neutral as far as health was concerned and five were known to be very beneficial supplements for his father. Equal weights of each substance were placed in a paper bag, one substance to a bag. The bags were then folded so that there was no differentiation between the bags. Then, they shuffled the bags on a table until neither knew which bag held which substance.


Jeff then proceeded to hold a bag against his father’s body, and to muscle test his father’s arm to see if it tested weakly or strongly. He then marked each bag according to the result of the muscle testing. If the muscle tested strongly, a plus sign was put on the bag. If it tested weakly, a minus sign was drawn on the bag. If the muscle did not test weakly or strongly, an equal sign went on those bags.

Keep in mind, that all of this testing was done blind. Neither man knew what substance was in each bag. What is interesting is this test made a believer out of Jeff’s dad. It seems that the three detrimental substances had a minus sign on each bag, the two neutral substances had equal signs, and the five beneficial had plus signs on each of those bags. Every bag was correctly marked. Those results were obtained solely because of the muscle testing.

Can accurate results be obtained every time muscle testing is done? Testing performed by a skilled practitioner can yield accurate results. These are the results we would always like to see because of the benefits to the one being tested.

You can learn more about how to muscle test yourself in this article on Love Or Above website.

My note: I have personally used Applied Kinesiology and have found it to be accurate.

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2 Responses to Guest Blog: Does Muscle Testing Really Work?

  1. I haven’t really done much research on this, but perhaps I should. I’ve been swimming a lot lately, so maybe I’d have more plus signs with my bags 🙂

    • brendamarroy says:

      Hi Amberr. I have used muscle testing on different foods. It is very interesting and I do believe it works. One of my chiropractors practiced advanced kinesiology and that’s how I was introduced to it.
      Thanks for visitng my blog and for leaving a comment. Hugs, Brenda

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